Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bullies Called Him Pork Chop

This video is a must watch. The bullying epidemic is only getting worse. Suicide is among the leading causes of death for children under the age of 14.

Click through to watch this beautiful, painful and all too relevant original animated video rendition of Shane Koyczan’s spoken word poem about his shared experience being bullied.

For more information on what you can do about bullying and how to talk to your kids about bullying visit the American Academy of Pediatrics page on bullying. Don’t be another silent observer.
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Fit Family Digest

As part of my role as the Health Educator for the Baton Rouge Children’s HEALTH Project I create a monthly health EDUCATION newsletter called the Fit Family Digest.  The newsletter is geared towards parents and includes tips on increasing physical ACTIVITY for the whole family, ideas from Dr. Denise Sellers, clinical child psychologist, on methods for improving health behaviors, and even recipes that are delicious, healthy, cheap, and KID friendly.

Click through to download the latest issue.  This month’s has a recipe for DELICIOUS Pizzadillas, a cross between a quesadilla and a pizza.  These are a MUST make!

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Do You KNOW What Your Kids Are Eating?

The food industry in our country has become so complicated that many times it’s almost impossible to understand what’s in the food that we and our children are eating. 

Most of us already know this is true for processed foods.  For instance, sodium tripolyphosphate is an ingredient in Kraft Macaroni & Cheese.  I’d bet money that the average person has no clue what sodium tripolyphosphate is much less what it does!  Turns out it acts as an emulsifier and helps the food retain moisture.  It’s most common use, though, is as a water softener in detergent.  Other uses include antifreeze, leather tanning and flame retardants.  I’m suddenly wishing I hadn’t looked up sodium tripolyphosphate!

But what about our fresh food: fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, and grains?  Surely they’re safe since they aren’t processed.  We buy these in their original form.  Right?  Maybe not. 

Click through for an amazing TED talk by Robyn O’Brien on why we should, at the very least, be informing ourselves before making decisions on the foods we feed the most vulnerable and most vital people among us, our children.

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